Hawaii Calendar: June 2011

A look ahead to the happenings of the Hawaiian Islands By: Emily McManus
Taiko drummers perform at Oahu's Pan-Pacific Festival. // © 2011 Pan-Pacific Festival
Taiko drummers perform at Oahu's Pan-Pacific Festival. // © 2011 Pan-Pacific Festival

Spotlight: Oahu
June 10-12: Pan-Pacific Festival. The weekend festival celebrates the traditions and customs of Hawaii, the mainland U.S., Japan and other Pan Pacific regions with a hoolaulea (block party), hula festival and many cultural performances. Festivities culminate in the Pan Pacific parade from Fort DeRussy to Kapiolani Park in Waikiki.
808-926-8177
www.pan-pacific-festival.com

Hawaii's Big Island

June 11: Kamehameha Festival. Every year, this festival features a number of performances, cultural presentations, Hawaiian chant competitions and a warrior exhibition. Coconut Island, Hilo.
808-989-4844
www.kamehamehafestival.org

June 12: Kokua Kailua Village Stroll. While strolling along Alii Drive, visitors can check out historic sites like the Mokuaikaua Church and Hulihee Palace. The event also features a free Hawaiian music concert in the evening. Historic Kailua Village, Kailua-Kona.
808-936-9202
www.kvbid.org

June 18: Volcano Historic Homes Tour. Visitors can take a guided tour of the area's historic homes and properties and learn stories about its past. Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus, Volcano Village.
808-967-7366
www.volcanoartcenter.org

June 26: Kona Marathon and Family Fun Runs. The Kona Coast provides the backdrop for half-marathon, 10K and 5K running courses. Kids can join in on shorter fun runs. Participants can fuel up for the run at a dinner on June 25. Keauhou Beach Resort, Kailua-Kona.
808-967-8240
www.konamarathon.com

Kauai
June 5: The Taste of Hawaii. Nicknamed the ultimate Sunday brunch, this culinary experience features 50 of Hawaii's most distinguished chefs, various forms of live entertainment and a silent auction. Smith's Tropical Paradise, Kapaa. 808-783-1407
www.tasteofhawaii.com

June 25: Red Clay Jazz Festival. This annual festival spotlights performances by a number of top jazz musicians. Kauai Lagoons, Lihue.
808-822-3148
www.redclayjazz.org

June 25: Mayor-A-Thon. This free event encourages health and fitness for island residents and visitors. Hundreds of participants come out to bicycle, run and take part in various activities. Kapaa Beach Park.
808-241-4946
www.kauaipath.org

Maui County
June 9-12: Kapalua Wine and Food Festival. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Hawaii's oldest and most prestigious food and wine event brings together connoisseurs of excellent cuisine. Kapalua Resort, Kapalua.
866-669-2440
www.kapalua.com

June 11: Na Kamehameha Pau Parade and Hoolaulea. The colorful parade features horses decorated with exotic island flowers, marching bands and floats that honor King Kamehameha. Banyan Tree Park, Lahaina.
808-667-9194
www.visitlahaina.com

June 15-19: Maui Film Festival. This annual celebration showcases some of the best major, independent and short films of the summer. Along with screenings, the festival offers panel discussions, awards presentations, after-hour parties, hula dancing and culinary festivities. Wailea Resort and Maui Arts and Cultural Center in Kahului.
808-579-9244
www.mauifilmfestival.com

June 26: Ki Hoalu Festival. Hawaii's best slack-key guitar musicians perform Hawaii's famed style of strumming. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Kahului.
808-242-7469
www.mauiarts.org

Oahu
June 18-19: Waikiki Artfest. Showcasing the art of Hawaii, this monthly festival features fine art and handcrafted products from local artists. Kapiolani Park, Honolulu.
808-696-6717

June 24-26: Ala Moana Dragon Boat Festival. Teams from around the world race in festive dragon boats and, at sunset, everyone settles in for family-friendly movies on a large outdoor screen. Ala Moana Park, Honolulu.
808-951-0350
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